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Connecting science with business

The first members of a new graduate program at UNC-Chapel Hill will walk across the stage and into their careers on Dec. 13 with a carefully crafted skill set that balances science and business. The Professional Science Master’s Program is a year-and-a-half long program during which students take a breadth of science, business and professional…

‘Beyond persistent’

Ever since first arriving in the United States from China eight years ago, nothing has been particularly easy for Yachao Fan. Nearly every step of the transition has posed new challenges — from communicating to forming professional connections in a new country. But he found a way to barrel through the obstacles. With the weight…

The man behind the Nobel

About the same time Michael Jordan was sinking his national championship-winning jump shot in 1982, the groundwork was being laid for a different kind of major accomplishment at Carolina. Among those celebrating the Tar Heels’ triumph that year was Aziz Sancar, newly arrived professor in the UNC School of Medicine, who quickly fell in love…

Q&A with Commencement speaker Kelly Hogan

The faculty member selected to deliver the Dec. 13 Commencement address is Kelly Hogan, director of instructional innovation for the College of Arts and Sciences and senior STEM lecturer in the College’s biology department. Hogan teaches 400-seat classes on campus using interactive teaching techniques and technologies and has worked with many of Carolina’s faculty to…

Massey winner’s biggest prize: being a mom

Faydene Alston grew up in Pittsboro with four brothers and sisters and looked forward to starting a big happy family of her own when she got married at the age of 31. “I was determined to be a mom,” Alston said, but the babies never came. “The doctor said, ‘There’s no reason why you can’t…

Sweet holiday fun

On any other day, Kristen McGreevy is a sophomore biology and biostatics student. But on Dec. 2, she channeled her inner engineer as she focused on the proper placement of beams and pillars to support heavy layers of gumdrop bottoms and Kit Kat bars. For McGreevy, the key to any gingerbread house is a solid…

Mapping a culinary mashup: Laos and a local community

When Katy Clune arrived at Carolina for graduate folklore studies two years ago, she intended to weave together her interests in Southeast Asia and textiles. She had spent her childhood in Indonesia and worked most recently at the Textile Museum at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Once in Chapel Hill, she began seeking information…

Hogans, heroes: Faculty couple wed to student success

Kelly Hogan prowls the aisles of her Biology 101 class, watching her students discuss microbiomes. Her eyes scan the 400-seat auditorium, looking for someone to call on. No sleeping in this early morning class, even on a Friday. Too much is happening. As director of instructional innovation for the College of Arts and Sciences, Kelly…